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8/12/2016 Latest post:
Hey all! So it dawned on me today that not everyone understood how I discovered that I had breast cancer so I thought I'd share the backstory.
This year I've lost over 80 pounds doing Weight Watchers. The weight loss triggered more back pain (my thought was this was due to the size of my "girls"), so on 7/7/16 I met with a plastic surgeon to see about having a reduction. As part of the reduction, the surgeon recommended having a mammogram since I was approaching 1 year since my last one. So on 7/22/16 I went in for the mammogram. On 8/2/16, I got the call that they needed me back in for a 2nd look because my mammogram was not consistent with my one from last year. That night I went home obviously concerned, that is when I discovered the lump in my right breast. I called the next morning on 8/3/16, they got me in the same day and did another mammogram, which led to an ultrasound, which ultimately led to a biopsy of my breast and lymph nodes. I left knowing something was wrong and that it didn't look good.
I got the call the morning of 8/5/16 of the diagnosis. It was discovered that I had a mass that measures 2.5 centimeters with several lymph nodes (5) underneath my right armpit.
The type of cancer I have is triple negative which means they have no true mix of chemo to 100% cure it. Most people have surgery first then chemo but this type is proven to be more effective with chemo first, then surgery, then radiation daily after surgery.
I have a total of 16 rounds of chemo by-weekly until October 13, then it will go to weekly chemo. My first round of chemo was 8/18/16 and will last until December. I assume surgery would be in January 2017.
At this point I'm leaning towards a double mastectomy and I'm very doubtful I'll opt for reconstructive surgery.
I'll continue to post as I know more.
Thank you all for your flowers, cards and other sweet gestures! I appreciate you all beyond words ❤️